3 Things Musicians Can Learn from Radiohead

Radiohead is an iconic British band that has moved millions with its powerful and soulful music since the ‘90s. Their most recent album A Moon Shaped Pool received critical acclaim, and musicians can learn a lot from their achievements.

Here are three things you can do to find the same success as Radiohead.

1. Don’t give up if your music isn’t popular at the beginning.

In 1992, Radiohead released their first musical hit “Creep.” At first, the song was not very popular in the UK, and it was deemed too depressing. However, the band re-released the song in 1993, and after gaining more exposure in other countries, the song went on to be an international hit.

This teaches aspiring musical stars to not give up on their music, even if the reception is initially negative. The song “Creep” also has powerful themes, such as the feelings of inadequacy and not belonging. This reminds viewers to make their songs powerful, personal, and relatable.

2. Don’t be afraid to make a comeback.

Radiohead released A Moon Shaped Pool after a four-year hiatus. The success that this album gained shows musicians that you can always make a comeback.

Even though Radiohead hadn’t produced any new music for a while, they stuck to their roots, worked hard, and created more incredible music. They even included songs that they had been working on for years on their new album. For example, they had been working on the song “Burn The Witch” since 2000.

Check out the song “Burn The Witch” in this creative Claymation music video.

3. Include secret messages in your music.

One of Radiohead’s newest hits is the song “Daydreaming,” which is a sad but incredibly powerful song. This song is about the lead singer Thom Yorke’s separation from his wife, and there is a secret message in the song.

At the end of the song, there are some very odd sounds, which seem to be words warped in a strange way. It turns out that when you play these sounds in reverse, you hear the words “half of my life” and “half of my love.” Speculators believe that Yorke is referring to the time he spent with his wife when he says these words.

Here is the video for “Daydreaming” in reverse, in which you can hear the secret message at the beginning.

Radiohead is a revolutionary band that has gained massive success over the years. If you don’t give up on your music, aren’t afraid to make a comeback, and put secret messages in your music, you can reach similar success.

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David Yaghutiel is a Bay Area native who enjoys traveling, theatre, playing the ukulele, and learning as much about the world as he possibly can. He also occasionally daylights as a senior at UCLA.

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